Dental Implants in NYC


Glassman Dental Care’s very own, Dr. Benjamin Jacobs, a talented dental implants surgeon in New York City, specializes in tooth extractions and the placement and restoration of dental implants. With Dr. Jacobs’ expertise, we are able to offer our patients surgical services, in addition to our exceptional restorative dentistry, including extractions, dental implants, and bone grafting.

People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and dental appointments allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile, your ability to eat and speak properly, and your oral health.


What are Dental Implants?


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Dental implants are titanium posts that are used to replace the roots of teeth that have either fallen out or have had to be extracted as a result of tooth decay or accidental trauma. Smoking, gum disease and other systemic diseases, such as diabetes, are also common causes of tooth loss. Either way, dental implants can offer New York residents a new tooth or set of teeth that look, function and feel very similar to the natural teeth they thought they had lost forever.

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What is the Dental Implant Process?


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An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone by our New York City dental implants surgeon. The root is usually made of medical grade titanium (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees), a metal that is completely biocompatible with human bone. A replacement tooth, usually a ceramic crown, is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable, although of course, permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.

The ideal candidate for NYC implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. Having said this, our talented and experienced dental implant surgeon, Dr. Jacobs, has treated patients in New York City who present with all kinds of challenging oral ailments and conditions.


Single or Multiple Dental Implants


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Dental implants are versatile. If you are missing only one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth crown will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants. 


Advantages of Dental Implants over Dentures or Bridges


Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can, therefore, be unstable, explains our NYC dental implant surgeon, Dr. Jacobs. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically outlive even you.


What is Post-Treatment Care for Dental Implants?


Consider your replacement implant-supported teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same number of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements the longer they will last, said dental implant surgeons in New York City.

Implants are the modern choice for tooth replacement. No messy adhesives, no embarrassing slipping, no “teeth-in-a-glass” at night. With dental implants, you can laugh, eat, speak and smile just as you would with your natural teeth. Every day, more New York residents – and people from all over the world – are discovering the wonders of dental implants one of the most exciting developments in contemporary dentistry.

Only selected dentists, such as NYC dental implants surgeon Dr. Benjamin Jacobs, are trained and authorized to perform implant makeovers. We’re delighted to be able to offer these revolutionary techniques to our patients.


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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do dental implants work?

    For most people that need false teeth, they find that bridges and dentures are uncomfortable. Implants are fused to the jawbone, and provide stable support for an artificial tooth or teeth. Dentures or bridges can be mounted to implants so the won’t slip or shift, causing them to be more comfortable. Another advantage is that implants make it easier to speak and eat. Dental implants feel more natural than regular dentures and bridges.


    
For dental implants to be a choice, a person will need to have healthy gums and bone support for the implant to be fused to. When you get implants you need to make sure that you are keeping them healthy and visit the dentist on a regular basis for oral hygiene to have a long-term success of your dental implants.

  • What are the two types of implants that are the safest and most popular?

    Endosteal implants, these are implanted surgically into the jawbone. This procedure needs two different surgeries, the second surgery is done to connect the post of the dental implant. This surgery happens once the gum tissue from the first surgery has healed. During the second surgery an artificial tooth, or teeth in some cases, is then attached to the post, one by one. In some procedures which involves multiple teeth to be implanted a bridge or denture may be used to group multiple teeth.


    

Subperiosteal implants: This procedure consists of a metal frame that your dentist fit into your jawbone, just below the gum tissue. Once your gums heal, a second procedure is then performed, and the frame is then fitted to the jawbone with posts that are placed to the frame. Implanted teeth are then mounted to the posts.

  • Why choose dental implants?

    Most Americans choose Dental Implants for the following reasons:

    • Preserve Facial Structure
    • Help Keep You Looking Younger
    • Allow You to Eat What You Want
    • Obtain a Life-Long Solution
    • Improve Quality of Life
    • Save Healthy Teeth

  • What are the advantages of dental implants?

    • Dental Implants are supported by a post in your jawbone, the same as a root supports a natural tooth.
    • Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or many teeth.
    • Dental implants can restore efficiency, so you can enjoy all your favorite foods without any pain.
    • Dental implants can prevent the embarrassment of having missing teeth.
    • Dental implants can allow you to speak properly and without the embarrassment of dentures falling out of place.
    • Dental implants can never get cavities or be sensitive to different temperatures.
    • Dental implants eliminate compromise of harming adjacent teeth, like when fitting a bridge between two teeth.

  • What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

    • The process can take time and has to be completed in steps.
    • Two surgeries are necessary to complete the process.
    • There is a real chance that an implant could become loose and need replacement.
    • 
Insurance companies do not cover most of the dental implant process.

  • Do dental implants need particular care?

    Dental Implants are like natural teeth. You would care for them the same way as you would if you had your actual teeth. You would still be required to visit your dentist for professional cleaning 1-2 times a year. During some of these regular check-ups you may be required to get the bite of your dentures re-evaluated, and adjustments will need to be made. During this evaluation, your dentist will use x-rays to ensure that the implants are maintaining their bone structure.

  • How much do implants cost in New York City?

    The cost of a single dental implant post can run between $1200 and $3000 depending on the material used, size of the implant, and the type of implant restoration. Luckily, many Surgeons and dentists offer patients discounted pricing if they need more than one implant restoration.

  • How effective are teeth implants?

    Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces missing teeth with a titanium screw-like fixture in the bone. They can be used for single teeth or an entire arch. They can make a denture more secure. Dental implants can last a lifetime with maintenance at the dental office and proper home car. In general, their success rate is over 98% depending on where they are placed and the integrity of the implant restoration (implant crown). Patients who smoke do not have as high a success rate.

  • How painful is it to get dental implants?

    Most implant surgery can be done with minimal discomfort using local anesthetic (novocaine). After the numbness wears off, you may experience some discomfort which can be minimized by taking Ibuprofen. The amount of pain and discomfort is dependent on how involved the procedure was and how many implants were placed. Most patients can return to work shortly after the procedure.

  • Will insurance cover dental implants?

    Your dental insurance may cover part of the implant procedure and restoration. The out of pocket cost can be financed through third party finance companies. This allows for low monthly payments. If you have a FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or an HSA (Health Savings Account), you can use that money to pay for your Implant procedure and restoration.

  • Can dental implants be done in one day?

    Implants can be placed and a provisional restoration can be placed same day that allows the patient with an esthetic functional fixed solution. However, in many cases the bone is not adequate and may need bone and soft tissue graftering. Making the procedure a three step process.

    The first would be the extraction of the failing tooth followed by bone grafting to ensure there is enough bone for the placement and success of the implant titanium fixture.

    Step two will occur 3-4 months after step one, the bone graft. This is when the implant titanium fixture level is placed in the reinforced bone. Once the implant has healed with the surrounding bone, the fabrication of the implant restoration can begin.

    Step three consists of the fabrication of the final implant restoration. Which is a metal free crown attached to an abutment that screws into the implant fixture. The crown is secured to the abutment either by cementing or screwing the crown into the abutment.

  • Can dental implants be done in one day?

    Implants can be placed and a provisional restoration can be placed same day that allows the patient with an esthetic functional fixed solution. However, in many cases the bone is not adequate and may need bone and soft tissue graftering. Making the procedure a three step process.

    The first would be the extraction of the failing tooth followed by bone grafting to ensure there is enough bone for the placement and success of the implant titanium fixture.

    Step two will occur 3-4 months after step one, the bone graft. This is when the implant titanium fixture level is placed in the reinforced bone. Once the implant has healed with the surrounding bone, the fabrication of the implant restoration can begin.

    Step three consists of the fabrication of the final implant restoration. Which is a metal free crown attached to an abutment that screws into the implant fixture. The crown is secured to the abutment either by cementing or screwing the crown into the abutment.

  • How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

    Once a dental implant is placed in the bone it will take about 6-16 weeks for the bone to heal tightly (integrate) around the metal titanium fixture.

  • Can I eat after implant surgery?

    Yes, for the first couple of days after implant surgery you can eat a soft diet. After the initial healing, a regular diet can be resumed.

  • Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?

    Dental implants are made of titanium and are built to last for many years, or even a lifetime. The crowns or dentures attached to the implants may have to be replaced over the years.

  • Are dental implants safe for senior citizens?

    There’s no upper age limit for dental implants. Healthy Senior citizens are ideal candidates for dental implant procedures. Elderly patients who are medically stable are suitable candidates for dental implants, which facilitate oral function and improve quality of life. Seniors who smoke or or have underlying medical conditions can have dental implants; however their success rate is not as high as those who do not smoke and are healthy.

  • What's the difference between dentures and implants?

    Dentures are held into place by surface area contact, training the lips and the tongue. On the upper arch there can be a suction like fit. The lowers are usually not secured as well. Often patients need denture adhesive to help secure dentures. Dentures are removable and the jaw underneath them will atrophy over a period of time. Implants prevent this atrophy and secure the denture to make sure they don’t move during chewing and will not fall out while speaking. Implants can make the full arch fixed allowing only the dentist to remove if necessary or can secure a denture through the use of attachments that fit into the implants. This makes the final restoration secure but can be removed by the patient for cleaning.


Everything You Need to Know about Dental Implants


  • Dental Implants Look Like Healthy Natural Teeth.

    Dentures are strong and stable, so they look feel, fits and function like a natural tooth, once the procedure is complete.

  • Dental Implants are Designed to Last.

    Procedures like dental bridges only last 5-7 years, with proper care they could last up to 10 years. Dental Implants are a long-term procedure, so they are a cost-effective solution. Dental Implants can last a lifetime and may only need slight adjustments.

  • With Dental Implants, you can Enjoy Life Without Worrying About Your Teeth.

    With dental implants, you don’t need to be embarrassed about what your teeth look like because they look natural. Your can talk normally without worrying about missing teeth, or even a tooth or dentures talking out when you talk, eat or laugh.

  • Dental Implants Allow you to Keep Your Natural Facial Shape and Smile.

    When you have missing teeth, your face can appear sunken in and sad looking. Implants will help preserve the bone structure needed to maintain the natural shape of your face. Before considering any type of tooth restoration, speak to a tooth replacement expert to see what your options are.

  • Dental Implants Can Protect Your Healthy Bone.

    When you leave empty spaces in your mouth after you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, it can lead to additional health issues. Some of these issues can include loss and deterioration of some of the jawbone. When the jawbone isn’t being used to support a tooth, deteriorations can happen because it will begin to lose its strength and firmness. Dental implants to prevent bone loss and can preserve the stimulates of the natural bone.

  • Dental Implants Allow you to Speak Easier, No More Embarrassment.

    When you get dentures, it can be difficult to pronounce words. Dental implants don’t get in the way of your speech capabilities.

  • Keep Your Teeth in Your Mouth, Not a Cup Like Dentures.

    Dental implants are like natural teeth, they stay in your mouth, where dentures need to be taken out. Dentures can also slip or fall out of your mouth.

  • Dental Implants Allow You to Eat Your Favorite Foods.

    When you have dental implants your able to enjoy all your favorite foods because they are just like natural teeth.

  • You Will Get 0 Cavities with Dental Implants

    Even though you will still need regular cleaning check-ups with Dental Implants, you will never again get that dreaded information that you have a cavity.

  • Keep Your Teeth in Place.

    Dentures can slip and fall when you do any motion with your mouth. From smiling to talking. Dental implants are naturally fastened to your jawbone, so you will never experience that problem again.

  • Dental Implants Protect Your Real Teeth.

     Getting a bridge-shaped for you can cause the surrounding teeth to be interfered with by grinding to make sure the bridge fits perfectly. The teeth beside a bridge are what keeps it in place because the fake tooth is fastened to them. A dental implant is fastened to the jawbone, leaving the surrounding teeth alone and just as healthy as they were before the implant was placed.

  • Dental Implants are More Predictable Than Other Restoration Methods.

    Dental implants have a record of being reliable and have a long-term successful result.